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*Yield curve steepens from five-year lows. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. "There is some month-end buying, both here and in Europe," said Dan Mulholland, managing director in Treasuries trading at BNY Mellon in New York.
*Weekly jobless claims rise 23,000. WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. labor costs recorded their biggest gain in more than 5-1/ 2 years in the second quarter and a gauge of trends in the jobs market fell to an eight-year low last week, bolstering the economy's outlook.
DETROIT, July 31- Delphi Automotive Plc reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter profit on Thursday, but offered a forecast for the third quarter that could fall short of analysts' expectations, and shares fell 0.4 percent in morning trading.
*Yield curve steepens from five-year lows. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. "Starting with GDP yesterday, it certainly set things off," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.
*Buyer sentiment, trading activity has improved- Cheung Kong. HONG KONG, July 31- Hong Kong property developers, recently vexed by a spate of government tightening measures, saw their earnings rebound in the first half thanks to robust demand.
TOKYO, July 31- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reported a far milder quarterly profit decline than its main banking rivals as aggressive overseas expansion dulled the impact of perennially weak loan demand at home.
HONG KONG, July 31- Hong Kong property developers, recently troubled by a series of tightening measures, posted a strong rebound in first-half earnings as robust end-user demand propelled sales while home prices hovered near record highs.
TOKYO, July 31- Two of Japan's three biggest banks saw profits fall at double-digit rates in the first quarter as gains in the value of shares the banks' owned grew at a far slower rate than last year, when government pro-growth pledges sparked a share price surge.
TOKYO, July 31- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc on Thursday said net profit fell 5.8 percent in April-June in part due to expenses after acquiring Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya PCL. MUFG, which owns about one-fifth of Morgan Stanley, reported net profit of 240.5 billion yen in April-June from 255.3 billion yen a year earlier.
July 30- General Electric Co's credit card unit, Synchrony Financial, raised $2.88 billion in the biggest initial public offering so far this year, the company said on Wednesday.
Bank of America Corp. rose$. 24 or 1.6 percent, to $15.58. Citigroup Inc. rose$. 58 or 1.2 percent, to $50.00. Goldman Sachs rose$. 22 or. 1 percent, to $175.76.
Bank of America Corp. rose$. 09 or. 6 percent, to $15.43. Citigroup Inc. rose$. 43 or. 9 percent, to $49.85. JPMorgan Chase rose$. 09 or. 2 percent, to $58.73.
NEW YORK, July 30- The financial advice business is changing dramatically in every aspect, from how advisers spend their time, to what they charge, to how they label and promote themselves.
Bank of America Corp. rose$. 13 or. 8 percent, to $15.47. Citigroup Inc. rose$. 74 or 1.5 percent, to $50.16. Goldman Sachs rose$. 83 or. 5 percent, to $176.37.
LONDON, July 30- Miscreant bankers face having their bonuses clawed back for up to seven years after their award under measures set out on Wednesday by the Bank of England, as it tightens its regulatory clampdown on wrongdoing in the financial sector.
BEIJING, July 30- Activity in China's vast factory sector likely expanded at the fastest pace in eight months in July, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.
HONG KONG, July 30- Hong Kong's benchmark index climbed to fresh 3-1/ 2- year highs on Wednesday, with major property developers leading the rise as investors bet on a solid performance for first-half earnings. Hong Kong's property sub-index climbed to a 14- month high with Cheung Kong Holdings and Sun Hung Kai Properties leading the rise.
MUMBAI, India— The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion.
WASHINGTON— This much is clear: The Federal Reserve will make another cut this week in its monthly bond purchases, which have been aimed at keeping long-term loan rates low. This much is not: When will the Fed start tightening its interest-rate policy to thwart any runaway inflation?
NEW YORK, July 29- BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Morgan Stanley and other companies urged a U.S. judge to dismiss nationwide litigation claiming they conspired for 12 years to fix prices of Brent crude oil, a benchmark for the cost of gasoline and heating oil.